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How do I change my address?

BHP requires all address updates to be in writing. For your protection address updates will not be accepted by telephone. Your written request must include your signature. You are encouraged to provide your Owner Number and the last four digits of your SSN/Tin for verification purposes.

Please download and complete our Address Change Form. Once completed, please mail, scan/email, or fax to BHP Billiton.

Can I receive my monthly Revenue payments via Direct Deposit?

Yes, we have an electronic funds transfer (EFT) option for our interest owners. Please download and compete our Authorization for Electronic Funds Transfer Payment Form. Once completed, please mail, scan/email, or fax to BHP.

What is the purpose of my “Owner Number?”

You have been assigned a unique Owner Number to distinguish you from BHP’s other interest owners.  When communicating with BHP, please reference your Owner Number to assist us in processing your request. Your owner number is 8 digits long and will begin with 80XXXXXX.

How can I obtain a legal description of my interest?

BHP requires a signed letter including the owner name, county/parish, and state where the property is located in order to obtain a legal description. Please send your inquiry by mail, scan and email, or fax to BHP.

How can I obtain a copy of my Lease?

BHP requires a signed letter including the owner name, county/parish, and state where the property is located to obtain a copy of your lease. Please send your inquiry by mail, scan and email, or fax to BHP.

Is BHP interested in leasing my property?

If you would like BHP to consider leasing mineral rights on property you own, please submit a signed letter including your name, address, phone number, county/parish, state, and full legal description of the property, including the amount of acres owned. Please send your inquiry by mail, scan and email, or fax to BHP.

When will I be paid on a newly drilled well?

Please review your Lease. Generally, it takes four to six months from the date of first production to receive first payment. Please note for property located in some states (TX), you must sign and return your Division Order before you can start receiving payment.

How do I register for a PDS account?
When should I receive my check?

Monthly checks for both oil and gas revenue are mailed by the 20th of the month for Texas and Louisiana properties and by the last business day of the month for Arkansas properties. If you have not received your check by the 15th of the following month, please contact our Call Center by telephone or email for further assistance.

Why have I not received my check?

The most common reason for not receiving a check is your account has not reached minimum accrual threshold. BHP remits revenue once the balance accrued exceeds $100, or once annually, whichever occurs first.

If you wish to lower your minimum suspense accrual to $25, download and complete our Minimum Revenue Payment Request Form. Please send your request by mail, scan and email, or fax to BHP.

What should I do if my check is lost, stolen, or stale dated?

Please allow 15 business days to receive your check. If your check is stolen, contact our Call Center by telephone or email immediately. Revenue checks become stale dated after 180 days. If you discover a stale dated check, it should be marked “VOID” and sent back to BHP for re-issuance.

Why does my payment amount change month to month?

Changing market conditions cause price fluctuations. Additionally, mechanical, operational issues, or maintenance may temporarily affect production, resulting in downtime of the well. If you have a reason to believe an error has occurred, please contact our Call Center by telephone or email for further assistance.

Why is back up withholding deducted from my Revenue check?

A valid Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number must be provided to BHP Billiton for reporting and identification purposes. Without a valid SSN or TIN, the Internal Revenue Service requires BHP Billiton to withhold 28% of all revenues received for oil and gas (30% for foreign owners).

All backup withholding is reported on your 1099 at year-end, and is considered a payment to the IRS on your behalf. BHP does not issue refunds for backup withholding. Royalty owners are able to report the withholding on their income tax returns at the end of the year.

Am I able to view current check detail, receive e-mails regarding my account, and look at past check detail statements?

Yes. Please contact our Call Center by telephone or email if you are interested in utilizing services provided by our partner, PDS Energy Information. We will advise you of the steps necessary to create an online account.

Will I receive a 1099 each year?

Royalty owners who receive $10 or more and working interest owners who received $600 or more in the calendar year will receive a 1099. We mail 1099s on or before January 31st of the following calendar year. Income reported to the IRS is your gross income prior to any deductions or taxes. The 1099 will also list any state or U.S. withholding amounts deducted from your revenue checks.

I need a copy of my 1099, what should I do?

Contact our Call Center by telephone or email for further assistance.

What is unclaimed property?

Each state has unclaimed property laws which require money, property, and other assets to be considered abandoned after a period inactivity, usually ranging from one to five years. During this abandonment period, BHP must make a concerted effort to seek out and return funds attributed to the property to the rightful owners. Issuance of due diligence letters is a part of this effort.

How do you claim property?

Once the statutory period of inactivity has been reached and BHP has made a good faith effort to locate owners, unclaimed funds are escheated to the State of the owners last known residence. If the address is unknown, the funds are reported to BHP’s state of incorporation (Delaware).

To claim funds escheated by BHP, you will need to contact the appropriate state directly. Resources you may find helpful are unclaimed.org or missingmoney.com.

Forms

Forms to update information related to your account.

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Changes of ownership

Required documentation to evidence an ownership change.

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How to read your check detail

Legend and definitions of codes found on the Check Detail statement.

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Annual Notice to Texas Royalty Owners

Notice under Section 91.501 of the Texas Natural Resources Code.

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Local resources

Resources for Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas Land Owners.

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